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New York Dermatology Group

New York – Construction completion April 20, 2018

Interior Architectural Design

Brandon Haw Architecture was commissioned to design the new interior for New York Dermatology Group Integral Health and Wellness flagship facility located within Manhattan’s Ladies’ Mile District. Comprising over 7,000 sq ft. of specialist wellness, therapy and treatment facilities, the project is located on the second floor of the 1905 Landmarked building originally designed by John Duncan.


The design organises a complex programme of technically challenging, state of the art treatment rooms into a coherent, classic and timeless space, that respects the fabric of the building with its magnificent light-filled windows, whilst promoting a sense of calmness, efficiency and functional beauty in all aspects, from the visitor arrival experience to each treatment room interior.


With every detail being considered – treatment; blood infusion; nutritionist and body work rooms are organised within a freestanding sinuous pod set apart from the existing double scale windows that face onto Fifth Avenue, and the grid of the city.


Resembling a sensuous and elegant curtain, frozen in time, BHA has designed a unique cladding system built in Italy in collaboration with Paolo Cassina Custom Interiors. Bronze and dark wood finishes have been meticulously detailed throughout all public areas of the space.


Custom cabinetry was designed for each treatment room to reinforce the continuity of materials and craftmanship, whilst quartz flooring was chosen for its elegant appearance and ease of maintenance. Upon entering each room, dimmable lighting creates a subdued and calming ambience prior to the commencement of any procedure.


At ground level, a new understated entrance is integrated into the landmark facade; a contemporary interpretation of the traditional black freight entrances found within the historic district.


Brandon Haw Design has also created a new range of contract furniture combining sofa, seats and side tables for the reception area, which connect harmoniously to the overall design.

Universidad de los Andes
Sede Caribe:
Inaugurated on May 10, 2018


Institutional and corporate offices

Brandon Haw Architecture is proud to announce the inauguration of the Universidad de los Andes ‘Sede Caribe’. While construction of the building is still in progress, the University floor and its interiors have been completed and classes have begun.


Located just north of the historic center of Cartagena de Indias in Colombia, the project is part of Serena del Mar’s master plan to establish a new, transformative business and medical community.


The groundbreaking structure will house the prestigious University of Los Andes International School of Business and Management as well as commercial offices. The design engages internal and external spaces to create collaborative workspaces, subtly framing the surrounding landscape.


Designed to capture northerly breezes and maximize air movement over pools of cool water, the plan creates a shaded micro-climate within central courtyards – a functional interpretation of local Cartagena architecture.


External glass fiber reinforced concrete fins shelter the full height glazing from the local hot sun throughout the day, reducing the cooling load of the building. Incorporating the sun’s annual path and orientation, these functionally-driven design elements create a cool and magical environment for the students and faculty who inhabit the building, where the play of light and framed views interact throughout the day and season.

400 Collins


Mixed Use – Car park with retail and residential

400 Collins is a mixed-use development in the Miami Beach South of Fifth Historic District. Upon completion, it will be the city’s only luxury multi-residence car park. The project distinguishes itself by combining high-end residential units at roof level, set within their own private landscaped gardens, nesting above a primary use car parking structure. The car park itself sits above an exclusive dining establishment along Collins Avenue, thus actively contributing to the life of the neighborhood. 400 Collins acts as a contextual response to its function and place, whilst engaging in Miami’s dialogue of architecturally innovative parking structures. Visually captivating yet seamlessly integrated into its surroundings, the project draws upon the work of Leonard Horowitz and Barbara Capitman in the late 70’s that sought to establish a distinctive color palate for this historic neighborhood. 400 Collins is therefore an exercise in scale, subtlety and restraint that speaks to Brandon Haw Architecture’s established design narrative, while simultaneously diversifying the firm’s typological capabilities.


An outer layer of white vertical fins shade an inner skin of vibrant color, designed to reflect color and light between interior and exterior. Spaced irregularly, the tubular shades sometimes reveal more or less color to the observer. The resulting design creates a changing color wave from one floor to the next impacting the user and observer’s experience according to vantage point, seasonal weather fluctuations and time of day.

Gran Reserva de Madeira

Residential Development, Masterplan and Landscape Design

Gran Reserva de Madeira is situated in Bogotá’s growing Ciudad Salitre neighborhood.

The masterplan creates a hierarchy of public open space via a network of pedestrian boulevards drawing residents into the heart of the development. The aim is to create a strong sense of place and ownership of the spaces between each building; an approach that highlights Brandon Haw Architecture’s vision and work in landscape design.

The development comprises ten apartment buildings in four phases, with an assorted mix of amenities at the base of each building. The project is oriented to maximize direct sun into the crescent park, whilst connecting the project to the neighboring Ciudad Salitre district.

As with many of the firm’s projects, the structural system is expressed in its architecture. Each building communicates the seismic structure through textured concrete fin walls, colored to evoke the terracotta brick architecture of Bogotá. These structural elements plant each building to the ground upon “pilotis” that land into shallow reflecting pools of water; raising apartments above the first floor level, creating views through and under each residential block.

The cladding of the apartment units creates a controlled, yet varied composition of elements within the expressed structural grid.

This large scale project carefully breaks down the scale of the human experience, by creating a spatial hierarchy within the masterplan and within the detail of the architecture.

Universidad de los Andes Competition



Brandon Haw Architecture was invited by the Universidad de los Andes to participate in a limited design competition for the expansion of its campus encompassing 260,500 ft2 (24,200 m2) of new construction and public spaces. The masterplan and architectural design integrates the campus with the surrounding urban environment, and seeks to firmly establish the university as an academic and cultural engine of the city.


The program for the new development includes: a research center for information technologies; a “Black Box” theater for an audience of 600; an exhibition hall; two administrative departments; and classrooms, laboratories, and study areas for students.


Founded in 1948, the Universidad de los Andes is one of Colombia’s most prestigious universities, with over 18,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. The campus has grown organically in the foothills of the mountains at the eastern edge of Bogotá, with an average change in level reaching 250 feet (77 meters) from one end to another, making it a uniquely “horizontal/vertical” campus. The competition site is located in the northwestern corner of the campus, effectively making it the university’s “front door.”


Brandon Haw Architecture was selected by the university as the only international firm to participate in the competition as a “project leader”, leading a team of local technical consultants for the development of the proposal.

Faena Mar



Located in the Collins Avenue Historic District of Miami Beach and adjacent to Roy France’s classic Versailles Hotel (1941) and Faena House (2015), the property marks an exceptional addition to the acclaimed Faena District.


Designed to create open space around the original landmarked Versailles structure and maximize views of both the ocean and the western sunsets, the Versailles Contemporary is a shining example of contextualized design.


Expansive cantilevered balconies and rounded glazed corners create a harmonious relationship with both its historic and contemporary neighbors while providing shade and mitigating wind environments on the terraces. The undulating forms create a rippling façade that seems to float above the ocean’s horizon.


Gracious living environments with well-proportioned interiors are designed to harmonize and reinforce a connection to the sensuous forms of the building’s exterior.

Calle 26


Corporate and retail

The Calle 26 project was an advanced proposal for triple grade A commercial and retail space in Bogotá. The site marked a new multi-purpose community in the emerging Salitre District, located minutes from downtown on Calle 26 and the El Dorado International Airport. The project has since been adapted as a forthcoming residential development for which Brandon Haw Architecture remains as the principal architect.


Comprised of 1.35 million square feet of premium office space, the design creates a unified architectural and urban response, instantly recognizable from the highway. Highly efficient, environmentally responsive units cluster around a lively central public plaza.


The plaza is positioned around a reflecting pool and amphitheater that allows light into the car parking structure below. Large specimen trees provide shading and encourage social gathering in the colonnaded retail, food and beverage outlets at the plaza level.


Building users and local residents can enjoy the plaza with its performing arts events and shaded places to sit and relax throughout the day and evening as well as on weekends, creating an enlivened destination hub for the local community.


Chilled beams, natural ventilation and a highly efficient external seismic structural exoskeleton shade the glazed facades.

Vendôme Residences



Located in the heart of Bogota’s Chapinero district, the eight-story luxury residential development stands adjacent to three landmarked buildings. Crafted to accommodate the essence of Bogota’s lifestyle, the structure is refined in detail and responsive in design.


Sitting on a steep incline, the project has been developed to follow contours of the site and to be organized around a secure central courtyard that forms the heart of the residence.


Concrete seismic shear walls are bound together at each floor level by elegant bronze-finished metal straps, encircling the building.


Sliding sun and privacy screens modulate the terraced balconies with their expansive views of the mountains and city landscape.

Brandon Haw Architecture

Founded by Brandon Haw in 2014, Brandon Haw Architecture LLP is a New York City based firm that specializes in architecture, planning and design. The studio, located in Mies van der Rohe’s seminal Seagram building in Manhattan, is an agile design-led architectural practice with a firm belief that the quality of our environment, both at an urban scale and the smallest scale, adds value to our everyday lives physically, economically and spiritually.

Brandon Haw, President and CEO
Brandon Haw was born in London. The son of artists, he grew up in the 60’s era with a strong connection to the minimalist and conceptual art of the period. A graduate of the Bartlett School of Architecture and Planning in London, with a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Princeton University, Mr. Haw began his illustrious career with Skidmore Owings and Merrill in New York followed by one of the longest reigning tenures at Foster + Partners.

During his 26-year legacy as a Senior Partner and Director of Foster + Partners, Mr. Haw led some of the firm’s most high profile international projects, including the HSBC World Headquarters in London, the Commerzbank Headquarters in Frankfurt, the Hearst Tower in New York and Faena House in Miami. In 2014. Mr. Haw embarked on his own to establish a design practice rooted in his signature design philosophies of which he has been professionally acclaimed for decades worldwide.

BHA believes that excellent design solutions are the result of rigorous analysis and the resolution of sometimes conflicting outside pressures – be they client goals, budget, climate, construction technique, or the constrains of the site itself. This process, through logical reduction and problem solving, results in beautifully resolved architectural designs that not only lift the spirit but also add value to both building users and clients alike.


Working closely with all varied disciplines of engineering and other consultant teams, we ensure that our architecture is rooted firmly in the optimization of systems for social, economic, and environmental sustainability. Each project is unique to its place, and the conditions of the client brief and budget. The end results looks beyond style to find beauty and functionality in the design solution.

Today, under the stewardship of its Founder, Brandon Haw Architecture is developing a series of high profile commissions in Miami and Bogotá, as well as the School of Business and Management for the University of Los Andes near Cartagena. The Practice is currently undertaking commercial office, hotel and residential developments in New York, Miami and Latin America.

Mr. Haw has lectured widely on the topic of cities and urbanism in many international venues including Brazil, India, Argentina, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and the US.

Maria Volkova, Chief Financial Officer
As CFO of Brandon Haw Architecture, Maria Volkova directs the financial accounting and operations of the firm. She also provides leadership for the firm’s budgetary performance and risk management. Maria’s professional expertise is in financial management, business development and project management.

Born in Russia, Maria received her MA from the University of St. Petersburg, her MBA from Moscow State Institute of International Relationships & Commerce, and is currently completing her Masters in Finance with a concentration in Corporate Finance from Northeastern University.

Maria’s US career began at the architectural firm of Frank Williams & Partners (FW&P), where she was responsible for financial reporting and monitoring of all domestic and international projects. In addition, she represented the company’s projects to top-level government officials and executives in the US, Russia, Korea, Taiwan, China, India, Vietnam, and the United Arab Emirates. AT FW&P Maria landed two major contracts: Mercury Tower, a 77-story mix-use tower in Moscow, and a government residential complex in which she managed costs, scheduling and performance. She also assembled a real estate deal that yielded a midtown-Manhattan project: a 50-story mixed-use tower on 33rd Street and Madison Avenue, in which she acted as an owner’s representative.

Prior to joining BHA, Maria was Executive Director of Initiative 2045, an international nonprofit that is researching the impact of robotics and artificial intelligence on biological systems. She also produced large-scale events and conferences for Singularity University, a benefit corporation that explores how technology can help solve social issues including health, the environment, and education.

William Alfonso Arbizu, Associate Partner
William Arbizu, an architect and industrial designer, is an Associate Partner with Brandon Haw Architecture (BHA). Prior to joining BHA, he was an Associate with Foster+Partners, an internationally renowned architectural firm where his most notable projects included two residential high-rise towers in New York City.

William has also worked at the multi-disciplinary design firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R), where he was the Project Leader in charge of the design of digital media environments for twofour54’s MediaZone and Public Spaces in Abu Dhabi, part of a three million square foot development on Abu Dhabi’s waterfront. He also led Lincoln Center’s Information Landscape in New York, which consists of urban scale, site-specific media architecture installations distributed throughout Lincoln Center’s iconic public campus in New York City.

During his years as an exhibit designer, William was a principal and senior project manager on institutional, corporate and retail interior environments at various sites, including Cirque du Soleil, EPCOT Center, and the CES, COMDEX and PC EXPO consumer electronic trade shows.
William holds a Master of Architecture degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture and a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree from Pratt Institute‘s School of Art and Design. At Columbia University, he was awarded the Fred H. Liebmann Book Award from The New York Society of Architects, and First Prize in the Eleanor Allwork statewide portfolio competition. Upon graduation William was honored with a Kinne Memorial Fellowship and the McKim Prize/Saul Kaplan Traveling Fellowship, the highest design award given by the school of architecture.

William also currently teaches part-time as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has taught architecture at Barnard College, and the University of Michigan, and has been a guest critic at Bennington College, the Cooper Union, Cornell University’s AAP New York City Center, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.

William was born in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, and is fluent in English and Spanish. He is a licensed architect in New York, and a LEED accredited professional.

Karl Mascarenhas, Associate Partner
Karl Mascarenhas studied architecture at the Academy of Architecture in Mumbai. While at school he worked on several award winning competition projects and led the school team that won the prestigious national G. Sen Trophy for an integrated approach to design. His entry for the planning and design of a human settlement for the 21st century won first prize in an international student’s ideas competition. Following graduation he worked for Rohit Shinkre Architects in Mumbai, designing and overseeing the construction of a number of commercial and residential projects in India.

In 2005 he moved to the US to complete his Master’s Degree in Architecture at the Yale University’s School of Architecture. While at Yale, he was twice selected to be a Yale teaching fellow. Upon graduation in 2007, he was awarded the Reusch Family Scholarship in recognition of his outstanding design and academic performance.

Karl went on to become one of the key early members of the then recently opened New York office of Foster + Partners, joining in 2007 and eventually promoted to Associate Partner. Whilst at Foster’s, he worked on a broad range of projects across several continents, including a masterplan for a new arts & entertainment district in Las Vegas, India Tower – A super high rise mixed use landmark in Mumbai, a museum extension in New York City and 50 UN Plaza – a prestigious residential tower next to the United Nations in New York City.

At Foster + Partners he also worked closely with Brandon Haw on the design of the Faena Residences project in Miami – A hugely successful 18-story residential development with 13 levels of luxury apartments raised above dramatic lobby spaces and amenity facilities.

As Brandon Haw Architecture he is currently leading the team for over one million square feet of residential development in Latin America. Karl is a licensed architect in India, New York and Florida, AIA and NCARB certified. He has been a guest critic at Pratt Institute and the New York Institute of Technology.

Zachary Cooley, Associate Partner
Zachary Cooley is a licensed architect (New York and Florida) and Associate with Brandon Haw Architecture (BHA). He holds a Masters of Architecture Degree from Princeton University, a certificate in Urban Policy and Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public & International Affairs, and a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Arkansas where he graduated summa cum laude.

Zack has worked at the renowned firms of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and Diller Scofidio+Renfro (DS+R). Zack’s first project at DS+R was a competition that his team co-won with the Dutch firm UN Studio, a mixed-use development in Abu Dhabi with one million+ sf of film studios, condos, boutique hotel, retail/office and public space. When DS+R won the competition to design the Broad Museum in Los Angeles, he joined the small design team leading the 120,000 sf private contemporary art museum in downtown LA (adjacent to the Disney Concert Hall), contributing to the ongoing cultural masterplan of downtown. After DS+R became involved in the Hudson Yards development in Manhattan, Zack joined the team to design the 72-story luxury residential tower adjacent to New York City’s “High Line” that includes an innovative performance and gallery space at its base.

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